Last year I wrote up a post that featured some comic recommendations for those who are new to comic books. I honestly had no idea I wrote that post in 2013 but obviously more books have hit the shelves since then.
Black Widow: Nathan Edmondson & Phil Noto
If you enjoy beautiful art and a good spy story, this series is for you. Every issue has been solid from the story to the art. My pull list has changed a lot since I started it, but this is a book that stays on no matter what. I know a big complaint about comics is that it’s hard to find female heroes that are fronting their own books. Well, here you go! You can even pick up Black Widow Volume 1: The Finely Woven Thread now. If you’re new to comics, picking up a trade is probably the best way to start. You don’t have to hunt down issues and honestly, if you find you aren’t into it, it’s easier to giveaway or sell back to a shop. Another aspect of the book that I enjoy are the little cameos from other Marvel heroes. Winter Soldier stopped by for a bit, and even Punisher popped up. Even when someone stops by for an issue, the story is still about Natasha. It never waivers from that. This is her book, make no mistake.
Nailbiter: Joshua Williamson & Mike Henderson
I’ve mentioned this book before but that’s because I love it. If you’re looking for something to please your Dark Passenger, this is it. You don’t need to know any back story, there’s not years of characters that you need to catch up on. It’s a brand new comic, with some really awesome characters. The story is about a town that seems to pump out serial killers left and right, and trying to figure out why. If you’re “over” superheros and powers, maybe check this book out. The first trade, Nailbiter Volume 1: There Will Be Blood, is on shelves now. If you’re not into murder or crime stories though, this book might not be for you.
Ms. Marvel: G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona
If you want a fresh take on superheroes, look no further than Ms. Marvel! Kamala Khan who’s Pakistani American is the new teenage hero on the block. The art is fantastic and it’s great to see more representation in comic books. We keep asking for it, well here it is. If you want to learn more about the character and how she came about, here’s a handy dandy wikipedia page. This book started off on my pull list but due to money, I had remove it. I do plan on picking up the trades though. In fact you can pick up Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal now.
Loki: Ragnarok And Roll: Eric M. Esquivel & Jerry Gaylord
If you’re looking for a very much different take on Loki, here you go. He’s been banished to earth (shocker) but ends up becoming a rock God. Of course, right? It’s a mini series that includes I think only 4 issues which means it’s great for new readers. Loki, Thor, and Odin can be heavy characters to get into but this book is tons of fun and again, no history lessons needed. I don’t think it’s available in trade but you might be able to find some issues at your shop or via an online retailer like Comixology.
And because I don’t want this post to get too long, here are some links to some other books that would be good for new readers!
Loki: Agent of Asgard Volume 1: Trust Me
She-Hulk Volume 1: Law and Disorder
Doctor Who: The Twelfth Doctor Vol.1
Arrow Vol. 1
The reason I tossed Doctor Who into the mix is because I think a lot of people out there don’t know that some shows are in comic form as well! If you’re a fan of the show, maybe check out the comic too. That’s why I included Arrow. The one I linked to ties into the show! So if you enjoy the character but not sure where to start, that might be a good place. I wish I could include more DC but I don’t read any of their books. If you have any recommendations for new readers, feel free to drop them in the comments!